ALBANY, 03/29/18 — State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I/Ref-Oneonta) joined this week with his senate colleagues to call on the state to investigate the impact Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) may have on mental health.

Senator Carl L. Marcellino  today announced that the NY Senate passed a bill that would strengthen Kendra’s Law and make its provisions permanent. The bill enhances public safety, improves the quality and effectiveness of care provided to the mentally ill, and prevents Kendra’s Law from expiring on June 30, 2017.

NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently voted with his Senate colleagues to pass legislation (S.516) he co-sponsors that will permanently continue a New York law that allows the courts to require seriously mental ill people to participate in mandatory assisted outpatient treatment. Known as “Kendra’s Law,” this program was enacted in 1999 and named after Kendra Webdale: a woman who was pushed off a New York City subway platform to her death by a severely mentally ill man not receiving psychiatric treatment.

ALBANY, NY—In the ongoing battle against Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases (TBD), Senators Sue Serino and Kemp Hannon are urging the state to consider the impact that these infections may have on mental health. Their bill that would require the state to study the link between infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens and mental illnesses passed in the Senate today, marking the first step in a process that could lead to better understanding of the incredible impact these diseases can have on the overall health of New Yorkers.